On his second full day in office, U.S. President Barack Obama took action to make changes to the country's national security policy. On Wednesday, he ordered the Guantanamo Bay prison camp be shut down within 12 months. Secret overseas CIA prisons are to be closed as well. He also named new envoys to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
The president said, "The message that we are sending the world is that the United States intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism. And we are going to do so vigilantly, and we are going to do so effectively, and we are going to do so in a manner that is consistent with our values and our ideals."
Obama called on newly-appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help him establish "a new era of American leadership" in the world.